Raises right hand.
I, Imani Jackson, believe that M.I.A., born Mathangi Arulpragasam, is one of the flyest women to happen to life.
The U.K. born electro-pop-rap performer of Sri Lankan descent is not only beautiful, but also stylish, non-traditionally rhythmic and spirited in her performances, while spitting liberatory lines.
So, it was a Super Bowl goodie to see her alongside Vogueing Madonna at last night’s Halftime show.
Pretty much anyone with a pulse was inundated with Madonna’s performance leading up to it. Fans delighted. Skeptics issued a collective “¿Por qué?” and social media sites lit up with predictions.
Madonna is in impeccable shape, inspires many, and remains a household name for many generations to come.
As a result, it was interesting when her song “Give Me All Your Luvin” pumped through speakers as bronze beauties M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj gyrated and back up spit for her.
I appreciated the dynamic, sexual, glittery, woman energy onstage. Madonna also employed Southern University’s Dancing Dolls as backup dancers, which is an incredible feat for anyone, but especially a point of pride within the HBCU community.
(I might talk less trash at the next Bayou Classic I attend.)
But, M.I.A. got NBC in trouble when she flipped the middle finger to audiences.
As excited as fans are about her “Bad Girls” song, the Eastern-hip-hop-stunts in the mini-film video, and speculation that the video offered social commentary on laws banning women from driving, I just wonder why she chose one of America’s largest family audiences to display a gesture that didn’t quite rhyme with hup-two.
Watch the “Bad Girls” video.